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Last year, more than 18,000 people across 400 cities and 75 countries came together to bring world-changing new ideas to life at Microsoft's annual Hackathon, now celebrating its fifth, and busiest, year.


How to become a Microsoft Project power user and get paid like a boss

Mashable

Heads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. Whether you're creating a fiscal plan for a hedge fund or approving construction of the next Death Star, work projects can be notoriously difficult to manage. Even if you have great employees who work hard, it's easy to miss deadlines and have your project go completely off the rails. You need a tool that gets out of your way and helps you keep everything running smoothly, and a great one to consider is Microsoft Project.


Microsoft lays off remaining handful of Microsoft Press staff

ZDNet

Word began leaking last week that Microsoft laid off the Microsoft Press team. And indeed, as IT Unity's Tony Redmond blogged on July 17, that is the case. Though Microsoft officials aren't providing many specifics, they are confirming there were cuts via this rather vague statement from a spokesperson: I've heard from a couple of my contacts that the "entire Microsoft Press team" (minus one remaining person charged with working with outside suppliers) totaled six people. Microsoft officials wouldn't confirm how many individuals were cut when I asked. Schools will often equip the classroom -- but forget to train the teacher.


Learn Microsoft Power BI, Excel, VBA, and Access For $29

PCWorld

Whether a company is considering a rebrand or evaluating the feasibility of a new product, it's likely to consult the analytics and insights derived from its data before moving forward with any initiative. That's why understanding data analysis tools, like Microsoft Excel and Access, can dramatically increase your value to employers on the market. Of course, these programs have a reputation for being dense and tough for newcomers to grasp, but the Microsoft Data Analysis Bundle can help you navigate past the learning curve and leverage these tools as a valuable data analysis expert, and it's on sale today for $29.